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The medical supply company, however, was happy to have the lawmakers’ attention. “Having an opportunity to meet for just a few minutes gives us an opportunity to discuss issues that are important to our industry,” Medtronic spokesman Chuck Grothaus said.

Ms. Watzman has been trying with little success to attend events and receptions hosted by corporations and lobbyists throughout the week, but mostly she’s been told she’s not welcome. She’s also planning to attended parties hosted by corporations and lobbying firms at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul next week.

The event at the Ritz was billed as a reception to honor one of the firm’s top lawyers, former Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan.

During a short speech, Mr. Jordan poked fun at the new ethics rules that were supposed to do away with lavish meals for lawmakers paid for by lobbyists.

“You’ll notice the absence of forks,” Mr. Jordan said. “I must admonish you not to try to eat the food with spoons.”